5 Signs You May Need to Have a Tree Removed

5 Signs You May Need to Have a Tree Removed


Trees are not only beauties of your garden, but they also help you in many ways at various times. They give you cool shade for relief in the scorching summer, they adorn your landscape with gorgeous flowers, they provide you with delicious fruits and vegetables – in many ways they add value to your home. You certainly love them – sometimes they become part of your family.

Yet sometimes they might not be as good for you as you need them to be. Sometimes they are too sick, damaged, or troublesome, and they pose risks to you, your family, your garden, your own house, as well as your neighbours’. These are the times when you have no choice but to let them go. Not all trees are threats like this obviously, and you can detect the ones that are. In this article you will find out the 5 most crucial signs that will help you to determine whether they are a threat and need to be removed.

5 Signs You May Need to Have a Tree Removed

Even though you love the trees in your garden, sometimes circumstances arise when you have to give up on some of them, since they can become a threat to other trees or you and your neighbours. Below are the 5 signs that may indicate the time for a tree and stump removal.

1. Your Tree is ill

Trees are live organisms just like humans, and sometimes they contract a disease. In some cases, tree surgeons can apply some professional tree care techniques, helping you to save your tree; but sometimes it is too late or the disease is too damaging, and you have no choice but to remove your tree.

a. There is a tree canker:

If you see a spot on your tree where there is no bark, this may be a sign of a disease called “tree canker”. If you see this spot grow, then it surely has a possibility of increasing even more and damaging the whole tree; and sometime soon it may fall down. It is time to call a professional tree care service to take a look at it, and mentally prepare for the tree removal.

b. There is infection on the Leaves:

Yellow or red lines around the leaves of your tree is the indication of a contagious bacterial infection called “leaf scorch”. It becomes noticeable normally in the summertime when the leaves are supposed to be bright green. It can be quickly spread to other branches of the same tree, or to other plants in your garden by insects. So in this scenario, the infected tree must be removed.

2. There are signs of decay

There are a number of reasons why a tree might get damaged. There could have been a storm, or a disease. Nevertheless, there are some unavoidable signs of decay that you will notice if your tree is dying and about to fall down. If more than 50% of the tree is decayed, it is a sure time to remove the tree.

a. The branches and Trunk are Getting Weak:

Shedding some branches is normal for a tree. However, a healthy tree grows those branches back, and they are dark green. If your tree’s branches are turning brown or if it is not growing the branches back, or there are splitting signs in the trunk, it can be a sign of decay.

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A decay usually takes over very fast and soon your tree may be ruined from the inside and fall down. It is best to remove it before that happens.

b. Leaves are Shed off-Season:

It is quite usual for a tree to shed its leaves in the autumn to prepare for winter to come, but if the leaves are shed or are turning shriveled discoloured in the summer or spring, it is not a good sign. You may even hear some creaking and moaning from the weight of its limbs. It is a sign that the tree needs to be removed as soon as possible.

3. Your tree is not budding anymore

Budding every year is the signal of a healthily growing tree. Your tree sometimes gets dormant for a year, but if your tree seems to be not budding two years in a row, it may be a sign for an underlying health issue progressed too far and time for the tree and stump removal.

4. Your Tree is Covered in Fungi

Some fungi on your tree is normal, but if the trunk of your tree is completely covered in fungi, your tree might be dying as fungi only feeds on dying or dead organic matter. It is important that you opt for a tree and stump removal at that point as it may spread further thereafter.

5. Your Tree’s Structure is Threatening to you and others Around

Sometimes your tree’s basic foundation may cause harm to you and the passers by. Tree removal may become critical in a situation like this.

a. Your Tree’s Roots have the Potential to Cause Harm to your Foundation:

Your tree might end up growing too strong roots that grow under the foundation of your home and eventually break through cement and concrete. This might put the structural integrity of your house at risk after a point. Some other times, you might find trees spreading their roots all over your lawn, taking over other plants in your garden. These out of control roots might also be a problem for your water supply lines as it might damage the pipes and cost you a lot in repairs.

If you notice a tree on your property with roots that are destroying the pavement, or a tree with uncontrollable roots as above, you may want to have a complete tree and stump removal for it in order to protect your home and garden.

b. Your Tree is Harming the Neighbourhood:

Your tree can cause issues beyond your own residence. The sap from a tree can harm a vehicle’s paint and bring about the growth of mildew; or a tree may grow too huge branches which reach over to your neighbours’ area. Left untreated, the mildew may lead to bigger problems such as water entering the residence.

c. Tree Limbs are a Threat:

When the limbs of a tree reach over to another house or structure that is important to you, the branches need to go. Sometimes, simply pruning the problematic branches does the job, but some other times, cutting those branches off might jeopardise the tree’s core structure, making it limp. So in that case, the whole tree needs to be removed.

d. Your tree has Began to Lean Dangerously:

Some trees lean naturally, which is okay. However, if a sudden new lean appears, especially one that is more than 15 degrees from its usual vertical position, it is time to call an expert arborist to get it checked, as this may be a sign of internal decay and a precursor to collapse.

e. Your Tree has Become Hollow:

If you find out that the trunk of a tree has become hollow, it might be time to remove the tree. Although trees generally have support tissue on the outside of the trunk which makes it live on for a while, you may never know how long this temporary system will last and the tree will fall down. It is a ticking time bomb, and it is smart to let it go before the worst happens.

d. The tree is Entangled in Power Lines:

Sometimes your tree grows too close to a power line which you don’t notice early enough and ultimately gets entangled in the power lines. This may become hazardous on a lot of levels as a tree is a conductor of electricity, especially if it is damp. In this kind of scenario, not only you need to immediately remove the tree, you need to take assistance from someone skilled in hazardous tree removal to do it.


When you find some or all of these signs and you think it may be the time for removing the tree, it is best not to do it yourself. It may be dangerous for you as well as for your garden in case you make a mistake. Always consult with a professional tree care service if you suspect such a matter. They will be able to guide you through the process, may even help you save the tree, and remove it only if it is an absolute necessity.